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Newtowne manager Eamonn McCarthy wants to beat his landlords

Newtowne manager Eamonn McCarthy wants to beat his landlords

Newtowne manager Eamonn McCarthy wants to beat his landlords

The underdogs will be showing their teeth in the fifth round of the Irish Cup and the lowest ranked team in the tournament, Newtowne FC, are reaching for the stars.

The Ballymena & Provincial League Premier League boys are well known for being a trophy winning machine in Intermediate football and a victory at Holm Park over Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 side Armagh City tomorrow would keep alive their remarkable run in this season's knockout competition.

Wins over Desertmartin, East Belfast, Crumlin United and Bangor Amateurs have earned a fifth round adventure and the boys who ply their trade at Scroggy Road, Limavady, are hungry to keep their Cup dream alive.

Boss Mickey Boyle said: "There's ourselves and Brantwood, who are also in our league, that are the lowest ranked sides but we have performed magnificently to get this far.

"Some of the lads wanted a glamour tie in this round but I want to make the last 16. We aren't going to win the tournament but we want to stay in it for a while longer. Armagh City will be overwhelming favourites but we have a chance and our cup run has generated a great buzz around the team and we have received a lot of support in Limavady. It's a big game for the club and we have done our homework.

"This clubs has won so many trophies in a six-year period but we have also had to freshen up the squad and last year we won the Intermediate Cup and finished third in the league. We have a good bunch of enthusiastic lads and I'll stick to the belief that the harder you work the luckier you'll get."

Newtowne have signed Ryan McIlmoyle from Coleraine, while midfielder Aaron McGregor was at Rangers a few years ago and striker Paul McIvor has donned the colours of Moyola Park, Tobermore United and Limavady United.

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Another minnow looking to land a knockout blow is Belfast Telegraph Championship 2 side Newington YC who take on their good pals Crusaders.

Newington famously knocked out Glentoran at the fifth round stage after winning at The Oval in 2012.

The Crues and Newington share the use of Seaview for playing and training purposes and also engage in cross community work in north Belfast.

Newington boss Eamonn McCarthy said: "Stephen Bell (Crusaders chairman) was telling me he's going to throw us out of Seaview if we knock them out of the Cup.

"We have always been very grateful to the Crues for allowing us to use their facilities and this is another opportunity to thank them for their kind ground share gesture which has made a phenomenal difference to us.

"The education projects we are also involved in brings kids together in north Belfast and it's been a very rewarding relationship.

"I went to watch the Crues on Boxing Day and they were superb with Paul Heatley and Gavin Whyte in great form but we also regard the Irish Cup as a very prestigious competition and we will be giving it everything to try and beat Crusaders."


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